Volunteering at the Ames Public Library
Today is 12/4/2013
Every year, over 400 volunteers help support the Ames community by helping with various aspects of library services. We strive to match eager volunteers with rewarding positions to enhance the services and programming that Ames Public Library offers. APL Volunteer Services also works with court-ordered Community Services participants as well as library customers who would like like to address their fines by participating in our Fine Alternative Program.
Who can Volunteer?
Participants in Volunteer Services programming must be 11 years of age or older. Some exceptions may be made for groups of children completing service learning projects through school or other organizations. Additionally, because family volunteering is encouraged at APL, younger children are welcome to volunteer with their parents or grandparents.
How to Sign Up
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, including the summer youth volunteer program, community service, and fine alternative programs, or would like more information, contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at email@example.com or (515) 239-5663.
Ames Public Library has a variety of volunteer positions available for adults, teenagers, and families who are interested in making a positive impact on the Ames community and its quality of life. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. If you have a particular interest or skill area not listed here, please talk to the Volunteer Services Coordinator about other opportunities.
Help beautify the library by adopting a shelf unit or string of units. Every week to two weeks you will make sure your shelves are cleaned, straightened and looking sharp! The schedule is very flexible and depending on how many shelves you adopt, would only take 30 minutes to an hour. This would be a perfect opportunity for a family who visits the library frequently.
Assist staff with updating spine labels on books. Our schedule for this is flexible but would appreciate one to two shifts a week, two hours each. You will need to be comfortable accessing a simple computer program and will need to have good hand dexterity in order to apply the labels accurately.
Assist Library staff in locating and retrieving requested items for library customers Saturday afternoons. Shifts are flexible but typically are 2-3 hours.
Literary Grounds Cashier
Shifts currently available in our used book store/coffee shop are
- Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:00-5:00;
- Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings 9:00-11:00;
- Saturday afternoon 2:00-4:00; and
Volunteers will perform basic cashier duties, will prepare beverages, and complete light cleaning needs. Shifts are generally two hours, once a week
Monthly Newsletter mailing
Help process our monthly mailing of Page One. This is scheduled at the end of each month depending on the publishing date and takes about one hour.
There are other areas of volunteer needs not listed here including special projects and events, so please ask about opportunities that may be of more interest to you.
For more information, call (515) 239-5663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.